AUW 2015: Utility management training school launches

African Utility Week management training course
Utility training: Power & Utilities Management School is targeted at junior and middle management utility staff

The new training division of South African events and publishing company Spintelligent is launching a Power & Utilities Management School at this year’s African Utility Week in Cape Town.

Spintelligent Training will run the three-day course between 11-14 May power aimed at utility personnel at all levels of management who want to develop a broad knowledge of the power sector, focusing on reducing risk, mitigating challenges and maximising opportunities.

Daniel Swanepoel, lead facilitator of the Power & Utilities Management School, said: “Success and sustainability within the power sector will demand a different way of thinking and strategic planning. It will also demand a different skills set from us.” 

At the Power & Utilities Management School, Swanepoel explains that “our objective is to present the basic framework to understand how a power management project is put together.

“At the same time we want to provide our delegates with a complete overview of the sector at the present moment and give them an opportunity to discuss with others. In short we would like the power management school to be a brainstorming session where we look at strategy planning, government liaison, project planning, project management and then conclude with successful financial management of projects.”

African utility skills gap

The course will also focus on addressing the skills gaps in the sector.

Mr Swanepoel explains: “We need our tertiary education institutions to focus more on technical skills development and with specific focus on the power and utility sectors. This is our future. And this is a reality for the entire Sub Saharan Africa.

“At this point the utility sector is generally linked to governments and this often leads to political appointments being made whereas people with strategic outlook and the necessary skills set will be overlooked. In the developed world they have learned already that within the utility sector we have to allow public-private partnerships in order to be successful. It is the combination that works.”

Swanepoel, who has a solid background in corporate banking, is specialised in leadership and management development training in the energy sector on the African continent and consults on power projects. “We have worked hard to put together a programme that will speak to both junior and middle management delegates”, he says.

African Utility Week 2015

Taking place alongside African Utility Week, the course allows participants to attend keynote sessions, explore the exhibition floor, as well as meet and network with delegates and speakers at the conference, while gaining in-depth, practical knowledge of implementation strategies.

The Academy was established to address learning and development needs in the energy, utilities and mining industries on the African continent.

Spintelligent Training Academy’s other upcoming courses include:

  • Smart Meter Economics, Accra, 9-11 April 2015
  • Electricity Market Pricing and Trading, Cape Town, 13-14 April 2015
  • Public Private Partnerships: Understanding the Regulatory Framework, Cape Town, 20-21 April 2015
  • Economics of Public Private Partnerships, Cape Town, 22-24 April 2015
  • Contracting for EPC Contracts and Services in the Energy Industry, Lagos, 27-29 April 2015
  • Grid Shock Preparedness and Blackout Management, Nairobi, Kenya, 18-19 May 2015